If you regularly drive a motorcycle, you are likely aware of the many inherent dangers that a bike carries. Motorcyclists must always be aware of the road and other vehicles around them in order to avoid being involved a motorcycle accident that could very easily result in injuries or even death. They must even, at times, take a measure that will almost certainly damage the motorcycle or cause injuries, in an effort to prevent an even more catastrophic incident.
Such a preventative measure was responsible for a recent San Diego motorcycle accident. Two people were injured in that crash, but the harm they suffered was likely less than what could have occurred had the driver not been able to think and act quickly.
According to a report from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, the accident occurred just before 10 p.m. as a male motorcyclist and a female passenger drove north on East Vista Way. Up ahead, the driver spotted a car that was about to drive out of a parking lot and directly into the path of the motorcycle. In an effort to avoid a possible collision, the driver laid the motorcycle down on its left side.
As a result, the motorcycle driver suffered cuts and bruises to his left leg, and complained of intense pain. The passenger reportedly sustained a severe injury to her left arm and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Her current condition is not known.
It is not clear whether the collision between the car and the motorcycle would have happened if the motorcyclist had not decided to lay his bike down. Regardless, it is too bad that motorcyclists feel so unsafe on the road that they feel they need to take such extreme measures.
Source: San Diego 6, "Two Injured After Motorcycle Rider Lays Down Bike to Avoid Vehicle," Feb. 20, 2012